Best Roast Dinners In London: Behold Our Favourite Places For Traditional Sunday Lunch
Roast dinner at Jones & Sons | HuffPost UK
While we will certainly miss the summer months spent sat on a picnic blanket eating scotch eggs in the sunshine, we must confess our love for winter.
From now on, every Sunday afternoon until spring returns, you'll find us curled up in a pub with a large glass of red eating a gravy-soaked roast dinner.
"A gastro pub of two halves: traditional boozer at the front, very decent restaurant with a modern twist at the back," says Celebrity editor Matt Bagwell.
"Wherever you live in London, the Sunday roast is worth a trek: duck fat roasties, honey-glazed root veg and lots of proper gravy. The rare breed Dexter beef is stunning - plus you get lots of it too, and all for less than fifteen quid."
256 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AA 0207 485 3521
"Bistro Union has lovely high ceilings and chunky wooden furniture, flanked by a handsome bar," says Poorna Bell, Lifestyle editor.
"The stand-out dish for me however is the chicken roast, which has to be shared by two people. When it arrives, you'll see why."
She explains: "The dish sits on its bum, surrounded by bread sauce and yummy veg. It's poached and then oven-cooked so the meat is moist. If you're extra hungry do order the chips - they are fat, fluffy things."
Caoimhe O'Reilly consumer marketing manager says: "This is a small unassuming pub with amazing food and a great atmosphere. I'd recommend booking in advance as many punters wander in after working up an appetite walking around the Hampstead Heath."
"Try the Sunday roast sharing options like wing of beef and chicken - perfect for a cold winter afternoon."
"Despite the trendy white-washed walls, high ceilings and concrete floor, the Jones & Sons atmosphere is more akin to a snug friends' dining room than a trendy restaurant a few paces from Dalston's Kingsland Road," says Brogan Driscoll, Assistant Editor, HuffPost UK Lifestyle.
"Try the pork belly or sirloin washed down with a large glass of Merlot. The scallop, parsnip and grapefruit starter is delicious, but ordering it - bearing in mind the roast's chunky cuts of meat and generous portion of gravy-soaked potatoes - may be slightly ambitious, even for the ravenous."
"The perfect antidote to the inevitable post-Saturday night hangover, you can sit in Jones & Sons for hours, leaving full, content and ready to take on Monday."
Jones & Sons
23 - 27 Arcola Street London E8 2DJ
0207 241 1211
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"Simpsons has been one of London's great eating establishments for more than170 years," says executive editor David Hobbs. "Once you've tried it you'll see why."
"It's traditionally English so expect a sublime roast dinner."
"It's hard to beat the roast dinner of yesteryear, prepared none other by your good old mum," says Brogan Driscoll, Assistant Editor, Lifestyle. "But if anyone is going to get a roast dinner right, it's a restaurant specialising in barbequed meats. And trust me, you're in good hands."
"Roasts come in generous portions - as they should - with Yorkshires, roasties, veg and gravy. Try the Suffolk pork belly or 28-day aged topside of beef."
She adds: "Be sure to try The Bloody Marvelous cocktail, the restaurant's answer to The Bloody Mary. Complete with Jack Daniel’s, tomato, Worcester sauce, chilli, port, smoked paprika & lemon juice you'll wonder why you played it safe with vodka all these years."
"Joints of beef, roast chicken, pork and crackling or steak - which seems wonderfully decadent for a pub roast - paired with tyre-sized yorkshire puds, thyme-scented parsnips and red cabbage, makes this the BEST EVER roast dinner," says Jess Elgot, deputy news editor.
"And for vegetarians, the nut roast is hearty, stuffed full of different varieties and fruits, and feels, you know, like it's been treated as a proper bit of food rather than a substitute."
"It's reasonably priced for London - between £12.50 and £9.95 for a roast, with kids portions for a fiver."
"A beautiful homely pub with a roast dinner to die for, it's no wonder The Albion is packed to the rafters every Sunday,"says Poorna Bell, Lifestyle editor.
"Try and get a big enough group together to try their whole roast suckling pig with trimmings (although they don't serve it on a Sunday). £350 might seem a bit steep, but split that between enough of you and it's worth it."
The Albion 10 Thornhill Rd, London N1 1HW
020 7607 7450
"Vegetarians and Sunday lunch aren’t generally a happy mix," says Trisha Doyle, AOL Money editor. "While your companions tuck into plates of appropriate Sunday fare, you’re stuck with a plate of risotto."
"But fear not fellow veggies, your salvation is tucked away in North London, just off the Holloway Road."
"The Landseer offers up a big plate of food – polenta as a meat alternative, veggies, roasties, a Yorkshire pud and vegetarian gravy to boot. Big comfy couches and lots of Sunday papers make this place a worthy weekend spot."